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Jennifer Welsh Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Max Bell School professor Jennifer Welsh has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

Understanding vaccine hesitancy in Canada | Media Ecosystem Observatory

The Max Bell School's Media Ecosystem Observatory is out with a new research paper on vaccine hesitancy in Canada.

Some of the key findings:

Sixty-five percent of Canadians intend to take a vaccine, with some slight erosion since a high in July. Approximately 15 percent of Canadians are unwilling, and an additional 20 percent are unsure. 

Published: 26 Apr 2021

Americans are super-spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation | McGill Newsroom

April 6, 2021| The mis- and dis-information that fills many corners of the American media ecosystem is having an affect on Canadians' perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from Professor Taylor Owen and other McGill academics. The McGill Newsroom has the full story.

Read the news release.

Published: 26 Apr 2021

Variation in the Canadian Provincial and Territorial Responses to Covid-19 | Blavatnik School

In collaboration with Oxford University's Blavatnik School and Institute for Research on Public Policy and its Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation, Max Bell School alumni and Policy Scholar Paisley Sim co-authored a wor

Published: 18 Mar 2021

Platform Responsibility and Regulation in Canada | Jolt Digest

This new research from Sonja Solomun, Maryna Polataiko, and Helen A. Hayes of the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy delves into key considerations for the regulation of internet platforms in Canada.

Read the note here.

Published: 18 Mar 2021

How to fix the patchwork system of paid sick leave in Canada | IRPP

April 23, 2021 | In our fragmented federal system, policies on issue like paid sick leave can vary drastically from province to province. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the problems with such disparities.

Published: 18 Mar 2021

New report on protecting democratic expression online | Public Policy Forum

Supported by the Max Bell School's Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression has released a new report detailing six recommendations to enable citizens, governments and platforms to deal with online hate speech in Canada.

Published: 3 Feb 2021

Advancing Human Protection Through Multilateralism | PeaceLab Blog

February 2, 2021 | As the tide of nationalism sweeps across the globe and countries increasingly turn inwards, it is crucial that the protection agenda–including the Protection of Civilians (PoC) and the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)–is reaffirmed. Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh writes on the PeaceLab Blog about what measures Germany can take to achieve this objective, including embracing multilateralism and seeking out new partners to promote civilian self-protection.

Published: 2 Feb 2021

Understanding vaccine hesitancy in Canada: attitudes, beliefs, and the information ecosystem

December 2020 | This new report by the Media Ecosystem Observatory looks into vaccine hesitancy in Canada in the lead-up to the development of a vaccine. Key findings included that 65% of Canadians intend to take a vaccine, and that the best opportunity to reach those who are unsure is to address important concerns around the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Published: 5 Jan 2021

The political and security dimensions of the humanitarian health response to violent conflict

January 24, 2021 | In this paper, Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh and her co-authors address the challenges and opportunities the fluid geopolitical and security environment poses for humanitarian policymaking and practice.

Read the paper.

Published: 5 Jan 2021

Mind the gaps: Integrating Human Rights and sustainable development goals into evaluation practice

Max Bell School Professor Pearl Eliadis has authored the chapter Mind the Gaps: Integrating Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals into Evaluation Practice inThe Realpolitik of Evaluation, a recently published book edited by Markus Palenberg an Arne Paulson.

Published: 4 Jan 2021

New Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy launched at McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

The Centre is McGill’s focal point on critical research and public debate about the role of media and emerging technologies in shaping democracy and public life

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Published: 20 Oct 2020

Implications of a Moratorium on Public Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Canada | Tech Informed Policy

August 17, 2020 | Since the start of this year, there have been increasing calls for the Canadian government to impose a national moratorium on facial recognition technology. This demand arises from the possibility that law enforcement will use facial recognition to discriminate against certain demographics and worsen discrimination in the justice system.

Published: 26 Aug 2020

COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Montreal, July 29, 2020

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19. Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing.

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Published: 29 Jul 2020


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